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Update 5th December
But Winter has yet brighter scenes—he boasts
Splendors beyond what gorgeous Summer knows;
Or Autumn with his many fruits, and woods
All flushed with many hues
William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
Readings for Sunday 9th December, The Second Sunday of Advent
First Reading: Malachi 3.1-4  Psalm Luke 1.68-79
Second Reading: Philippians 1.3-11  Gospel: Luke 3.1-6
Please remember in your prayers this week:
Margery, Sandi and Brian, Margaret; Linda; Sandra and Pat; Pat and Sean; Carol; Dorothy; Yvonne; Tim, Paul and Judy; Lila and Keith; Doris; Brenda and Paul and Mike; Cathy; Laurel; Ruth; Julia and John; Alan; Don; Shirley and Dick, Maggie; Ila, Jake and Shirley; Canh Ho; Susan; Rick; Jack- Sharon and Sue, Cyndi, Wally, Michael, Terry, Tasha and Tommy, Cathy, Bonnie, Jean, Nancy, Ashley, Kathy, Paul and Jan; Rose and Gary, Shannon, Andrew, Peter, Alex, Andy, Linda, Kelly, lee, Shirley, Erin, Lillian, Aldo, Kelly, Mike, George, Michael, David, Elizabeth, Robin, Debbie, Ann, Stephan, Cailey and  Karen.
St. Alban’s parish, our Partners in Regional Ministry, and for Father Matt as they and he discern their future.
For all churches in Canada during the busy month of December,  Advent and into Christmas.
For all those who struggle and those who are lonely at this time of the year.
Cycle of Prayer
Month four, December
Transformation – Transforming Society:
“To seek to transform unjust structures of society”, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation”,  is a call to go beyond charitable giving and help change a world that creates human needs.  To join in God’s work in building the Kingdom by transforming society.
Lord, the fire of your goodness and justice burn into us and through us, that we may seek to transform the unjust structures of society. Let your glory fill this place, Let your glory fill this world!
We honour ministries in support of TRANSFORMING SOCIETY: the Fourth Mark of Mission.
Support for: New Comers To Canada and LIRSA, North East Neighbourhood Group, Blanket Exercise, Marriage Cannon Discussions, Pride walk, 30 Hour famine, Crisis Response, PWRDF.
If you feel that yourself or someone you know would benefit from prayer, please contact the church office (519-660-6198) (Rev’d. Canon Bill Ward, or Rosalie), OR call Sharon Frank (Prayer and Pastoral Care Team Leader) at 519-933-3164.
Fr. Bill’s sermon, on Hope, from last Sunday, 2nd December, can be seen again on the church website, or you can just click on:
Christmas flowers: look in your mailbox for a letter from the Chancel Guild inviting you to donate towards the flowers and decorations for our Christmas services.  Your gift envelopes must be returned to the church by Sunday 16th December so that your dedication can be included in the Christmas Bulletins.
Stamps.  As you receive Christmas cards in the mail this year, don’t forget to save the stamps, which can be used by the Bible Society to buy Bibles for those who can’t otherwise afford them.
Envelopes.  It’s time to get the offering envelopes ready for 2019, but if you want to have your order changed, up or down, or if you have enough already, please let the office know as soon as possible.  We shall be getting them ready very soon.  Now is a good time to switch to Direct Deposit; see Rosalie in the office to set this up.
Daily Bread has requested canned meat, small soup cans, baked beans as additional items for the December 9th (next Sunday!) Daily Bread.  Merry Christmas to all, and thanks for supporting the Daily Bread.
Doug and Laura
Blood donor clinic, here at the church, All Saints Hall, this Saturday 8th December, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Fanshawe Chorus London
Wow!  What a wonderful concert last Saturday afternoon!  Many thanks to Victoria Siu for working so hard to have the Fanshawe Chorus come to sing Christmas music, and part of Handel’s “Messiah”, thanks also to Christina, and Raquel Dahlberg, for beautiful solos.  Altogether a memorable afternoon, a great start to the upcoming Christmas season.  (Could we hope that this might be the start of a new St. Jude’s tradition?)
The concert freewill offering raised some $837.50!!
Urgently needed,  A treasurer for the ACW (Anglican Church Women) of St. Jude’s. We have a vacancy in this position as the incumbent has taken on the president’s role. The treasurer should have some comfort and skill in caring for our financial resources, maintaining the books, and using the computer to complete the work. This volunteer position is open to any member of the parish, male or female.
Interested or need more information,  please contact Cherie Laughlin,  President.
Music at First-St. Andrew’s United church, 350 Queens Ave. presents Friday Advent Noon Recitals, 12-12.30 pm: Dec. 7th - Sonja Gustafson, Soprano, Kathleen Gahagan, Harp; Dec 14th - Laudamus Bells, Terry Head, Director.  Free will offering. Lunch following - $8.00.
MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying).  A panel discussion on this important topic will be held at St. James Westminster Church (115 Askin Street) tonight, Wednesday 5th December, 7 - 9.00 pm.  Featured panelists are Dr. James MacLean, Dave Sittlington and the Rev’d. Matt Arguin, plus others from the Medical and Theological communities.  The workshop is free but you are asked to register at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 5190432-1915.
St. Aidan's Church, 1246 Oxford Street West, invite us to a Seniors Lunch on Wednesday 12th December.  Begins with a service at 10.30 am, followed by lunch at 11.30 am.  Admission is by ticket only, which you can obtain by calling 519-471-1430, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  A full turkey meal, followed by musical entertainment.
Sing Along Messiah at First St. Andrews Church, 350 Queens Avenue (at Waterloo), on Friday 21st December, beginning at 8.00 pm.  Come join in the choruses of the “Singalong Messiah” with Chad Louwerse and friends, and instrumentalists conducted by Terry Head.  Admission by freewill donation.
Church of the Ascension, 2060 Dundas St. E. London, Saturday, December 8th,  Sonja Gustafson and Friends bring you “Comfort and Joy”, a time of Celebration, with Sonja Gustafson, Oliver Whitehead-Guitar and Steve Holowitz, Piano. You have a choice of two
Afternoon: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Cost $10.00
Evening: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Cost $20.00
For tickets call: 519-451-7780, or Online Tickets: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . All proceeds from the concert go toward the Ministry of the Church.
Free Parking, and  Wheelchair Accessible.
St. John the Evangelist, 280 St. James St., London. Join us Sunday, December 9th  at 3pm for an afternoon of Solo Cello.  Renowned London Cellist Cameron Crozman will offer a benefit concert to raise funds for our parish music program. Admission by Donation, $10.00 suggested, and tax receipts for $50.00 or more.  Cello Suites by Britten & Bach.
CHRISTMAS AT WESTMINSTER VIII, Sunday December 9th at 2:30 pm, in St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin Street.   Brassroots invites you to their FREE annual Christmas concert, our thankyou to the London community for its continuing support! Enjoy brilliant fanfares, carol singing and a menu of seasonal delights such as Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival”. We’ve also included some seasonal classics, the grandeur of Bach and scintillating Tchaikovsky, a musical feast!  Admission is free but donations are accepted.
St Paul's Cathedral is once again hosting "Christmas with the London Jazz Orchestra" Tuesday, December 11th  at 7:30 pm.  This year, the proceeds are going to FarmTown Canada , a sanctuary for young victims of Human Trafficking, abuse & exploitation in our community. The concert will be Christmas classics and hallmarks of the season with the award winning London Jazz Orchestra, featuring vocalist Jack  FM morning show host Hilary Welch. Tickets are $15/20 at door. Available at St. Paul's and online at www.ts.londonfringe.ca
Get your calendar up to date:
Advent and Christmas Services
December 9th,  Advent 2, two services: 8.30 am (said service) and 10.00 am (with music).
December 16th,  Advent 3, two services: 8.30 am (said service) and 10.00 am Christmas Cantata
December 23rd,  Advent 4, two services: 8.30 am (said service) and 10.00 am (with music).
December 24th,   Christmas Eve, two services: 7.00 pm Family Service and 10.30 pm Carol Sing followed by Christ Mass at 11.00 pm
25th December, Christmas Day, one service at 9.30 am at St. Alban’s.
December 30th,    Christmas 1, one service at 9.30 am. Morning Prayer .
January 6th   Epiphany, two services: 8.30 am (said service) and 10.00 am with The Right Reverend Linda Nicholls, Bishop of Huron in attendance.
Holy Land Pilgrimage,  30th April to 14th May 2019.  Holy Trinity Church in Sarnia is organising a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, accompanied by the Rev’d. Canon Vicars Hodge and the Rt. Rev’d. Terry Dance as guides.  More details will follow, but you can visit www.trinitytour.org for more immediate information.